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Having Fun with the Neon API

One of the exciting things that got to do at South by Southwest last month in Austin was help with a hackathon where developers got to experiment with building new music apps and experiences.  As part of this hackathon, I helped a newly-independent artist, Neon Hitch release her own API in her own voice and wrote about it here on this blog and Billboard and The Daily Californian (UC Berkeley) bl

Experiencing Data Access issue in Azure Portal - 4/26 - Resolved

Final Update: , 4/26/2015 20:18 UTC We’ve confirmed that all systems are back to normal with no customer impact as of 4/26, 18:10 UTC. Our logs show the incident started on 4/26, 03:10 UTC and that during the 15 hours that it took to resolve the issue up to 67% of customers experienced some failures loading Application Insights parts in the Azure Portal. • Root Cause: The failure was due to an

Visualizing City of Chicago owned properties with Power BI Designer

The week after next, I’ll be in Chicago to present at Microsoft’s Ignite conference.  I thought it would be fun to look at some data for the City of Chicago to see what I could do with it.  Revenue is important to any city.  Developing enduring sources of revenue, whether through direct means like leasing city owned property or other ingenious ideas, is something every city planner needs to c

Azure Service Bus: Searching in Messages

There are instances when we don't want a message with a certain content be processed. In such a case the biggest challenge is to find the message in the queue. We can do the following -1.      Stop the existing processor (may be a worker role which processes the messages)2.      Run the attached LinqPad query.3.      Open the xml file and find the message id by searching through mess

Cleaning up Visual Studio C++ projects

After manually cleaning up Visual Studio C++ solutions for a long time, finally I had enough when I was trying to clean a Cocos2d-x project with its nested hierarchy of projects.. each with its own bin/debug/arm folders. So I started... ...read more...(read more)

Azure Service Bus - Copy , dump and replay messages

IntroductionWhile working with Azure service bus there are instances when we would like to copy or move messages from the queues. These activities arise while one is maintaining an existing production system which implements the service bus. Below you will find a few handy code snippets.Refer Sample Code.Dumping messages on DiskThere are times when we don't want a set of messages to

How and why I added an on-screen keyboard to my Windows Store app

This post describes how I added an alphabetically sorted on-screen keyboard to my 8 Way Speaker app, and prevented the Windows Touch keyboard from appearing while my own keyboard was enabled.Figure 1: The 8 Way Speaker app showing its own on-screen keyboard.BackgroundA while ago I built an app which could be controlled through many forms of input. My goal was to have the app be usable a

SQL Server Performance Tuning: Creating a Shell Database to tune your Production queries

On so many occasions have we encountered situations wherein during a performance issue on Production , we struggled to mimic or reproduce the issue on another environment. Some of the usual steps we follow, to debug these type of issues are :*Request for a Read Access with permissions to access the DMVs on Production. *Request for a Production Backup and restore it on a different environmen

Badge Collection (Can you believe I just reduced this?)

From Instagram: http://ift.tt/1JpDSaA You can read more by going to the " Badge Collection (Can you believe I just reduced this?) " post on Tobiah Marks blog....(read more)

Windows 10, Redis and NoSQL

If you want to get started with Redis, a form of NoSQL as you begin to adapt to WIndows check out the MVA presented by Steven Edouard and Rami Sayar @ramisayar. Go to this link immediately: http://bit.ly/redisquickstart Why? It is useful to get to know the cloud and the related technologies as you also plan for the move to Windows 10 for your Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 apps.  As a software develope

Preparing for Universal Windows Development

Windows 10 is coming, and I can’t help but be excited.  I won’t go into many specific details here, but through the Insider Program you can already check out a Windows 10 Technical Preview https://insider.windows.com/.  I encourage everyone to go check it out along with Visual Studio 2015, https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/visual-studio-2015-ctp-vs, to get a jump on the development for Wind

Aventuras de un GameDev

Tal vez ya hayan visto mi anterior publicación acerca de mis videos en Twitch. Pero ya que he empezado a crear varias sesiones en Español, pensé que era un buen momento para compartirlo con todos ustedes.No olviden que pueden ver todas my sesiones en mi Canal en Twitch http://www.twitch.tv/hielo777/ y todos los videos, en Inglés y en Español, son subidos a mi Canal en YouTube.Los 3 primero

Bien Débuter avec le Small Basic (fr-FR)

Vous avez décidé d'apprendre le Small Basic, mais vous vous sentez un peu perdu ?Voici quelques liens et informations utiles pour vous aider.RéférencesTout d'abord voici les liens de référence sur le Small Basic qui vont seront toujours utiles:*Portail du Small Basic : Portail contenant la liste des liens sur le Small Basic en français *Small Basic Portal: Le portail officiel du Sma

Windows 10 Enterprise management sessions @ Ignite

The next couple weeks are exciting!! We are going to have a lot of interesting sessions at both the //Build conference in SFO (April 29 – May 1) and the Ignite conference in Chicago (May 4 – May 8). Lots of great keynotes, sessions, speakers and lots of technology in the air! I have the below session @ Ignite where I'll talk about the new MDM features in Windows 10. I'm super excited to walk you t

//build-Tour macht Halt in Berlin

Die Build-Konferenz vom 29. April bis 1. Mai 2015 in San Francisco gehört zu den wichtigsten Veranstaltungen für Entwickler im Microsoft-Umfeld und war dementsprechend schnell ausverkauft. Aber Microsoft geht mit den Themen der Build 2015 auf eine weltweite ...read more...(read more)

[Sample Of Apr. 25] How to convert excel file to xml format

Apr. 25 Sample : https://code.msdn.microsoft.com//How-to-convert-excel-file-7a9bb404 The sample demonstrates how to convert excel file to xml format using Open XML SDK. You can find more code samples that demonstrate the most typical programming scenarios by using Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework Sample Browser or Sample Browser Visual Studio extension . They give you the flexibility to search

Experiencing Data Access issue in Azure Portal - 4/25 - Resolved

Final Update: , 4/26/2015 01:24 UTC We’ve confirmed that all systems are back to normal with no customer impact as of 4/26/2015, 01:00 UTC. • Root Cause: The failure was due to issues with the underlying infrastructure which was impacting query services. • Chance of Reoccurrence: Medium • Lessons Learned: The current monitoring worked well to both detect and diagnose the issue.  We will be r

5 years, 3 teams and 2 countries

It's been about 5 years since my last blog post and since then I've moved 3 teams within Microsoft. And I moved across continents too J I moved to the Windows Security team in 2010 where I worked for around 4 years on smartcards & biometrics first, then Bitlocker for a while and the last couple years on Platform security focusing on TPM, secure boot and UEFI. It has been a great experience and I'v

Microsoft Azure Media Services 即時編碼 (Live Encoding) 簡介

_感謝北科大劉建昌同學協助翻譯微軟公司 Azure Media Services 主管 __Anil Murching__ 於 2015/4/13 發表的文章 An introduction to Live Encoding with Azure Media Services ( __http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2015/04/13/an-introduction-to-live-encoding-with-azure-media-services/__ )_ _,目前本篇所介紹之內容尚未進入公開技術預覽階段,欲參與 Azure Media Services 即時編碼功能技術預覽的用戶請發信至 __amslived@microsoft.com__ 申請。_自從去年我們發佈了 Microsoft Azure Media Services 即時直播

Lifecycle services Crash and hang analysis

Are you wondering how to use the new beta feature we just shipped called Lifecycle services Crash and hang analysis?This blog will help you get started:http://blogs.msdn.com/b/axsupport/archive/2015/03/23/crash-and-hang-analysis-on-lcs.aspxSincerely,The Lifecycle Services Team

From VSTS 2005 to VSO Rename … time flies when you are having fun!

I remember the days when my colleagues Henk, Zayd Kara and I were sitting in the team lab, meticulously following the TFS 2005 installation checklist, only to reset after the “oh nooooooo, we missed step 13…”, followed by a re-install or living with an ill-chosen team project name for years.That was approximately 10 years ago, when we kind-of looked as follows …Then came the seemingly simp

Experiencing Data Loss for Availability Data Type - 4/25 - Mitigated

Final Update: Saturday, 4/25/2015 02:43 UTC We’ve confirmed that all systems are back to normal with no customer impact as of 4/25, 02:15 UTC. Our logs show the incident started on 4/25, 01:18 UTC and that during the 1 hour that it took to resolve the issue some customers may have experienced up to 30% loss of web test availability results. • Root Cause: The failure was due to resource exhaust

Experiencing Data Loss for Availability Data Type - 4/25 - Resolved

Final Update: Saturday, 4/25/2015 02:43 UTC We’ve confirmed that all systems are back to normal with no customer impact as of 4/25, 02:15 UTC. Our logs show the incident started on 4/25, 01:18 UTC and that during the 1 hour that it took to resolve the issue some customers may have experienced up to 30% loss of web test availability results. • Root Cause: The failure was due to resource exhaust

Azure Premium Storage is available for SAP workloads

Today Microsoft announced the availability of Azure Premium Storage for Azure subscriptions. Azure Premium Storage is offered side-by-side with Azure Standard Storage. Goal of Azure Premium Storage is to provide low latency storage with higher throughput per VHD compared to Azure Standard Storage. Since Azure Premium Storage is supported by SAP already, we will discuss whether and how Azure Prem

Investigating issue with VS Online - 4/24 - Mitigated

Final Update: , 4/24/2015 22:59 UTC The issue has been mitigated and customers should not experience any issues . A subset of customers might have experienced issues while accessing their accounts hosted on a particular SQL collection database. Apologies for the inconvenience this may cause.SincerelyVS Online Service Delivery Team------------------------------------ Initial Upda

Management Reporter 2012 CU12 for Dynamics AX 2012 is now available

Management Reporter 2012 CU12 RTM (version 2.1.12000.26 ) has been formally released and ready for customers to download. Please NOTE that this is a Quality Release(QR) focusing on bug fixes only. CU12 contains all of the enhancements and bug fixes from CU11 Hotfixes 1-4 , including: Indication of currently active reporting tree node Added the ability to use BASE+1:12 in the column definition Repo

Win2D at Build 2015

We will be presenting about Win2D at the Build conference in San Francisco next week.  Stay tuned for a recording of the talk - we’ll post a link here as soon as it’s available.  _Break a leg Simon!_To coordinate with everything else that is happening at Build, we’ll be delaying our next Win2D release past the usual Monday.  We have some bugfixes, minor API improvements, and improved Windows

New game: They’re staring at you

I've released a new game! Well, some might debate if it is a "game". Let me put it this way, if you're the kind of person that thinks certain games "aren't really games", then this is not a game. Instead, I like the label "interactive short story" What is an interactive short short? Want to play the game? Click through to read more! You can read more by going to the " New game: They’re staring at

Kudos and custom champ t-shirts for Hosam, Josh, Mattias and Vladimir!

Hosam Kamel once again led a phenomenal research project, delivering top quality practice guidance at short notice and going the extra mile to ship a critical project on time! THANK YOU Hosam … and please remember our family>job>rangers mantra Josh Garverick, Mattias Sköld and Vladimir Gusarov did not hesitate to “jump” and engage when we issued a very short-notice call for project rename v

Slot Machines - Small Basic Featured Program

In LitDev's April Challenges: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/3b975ffc-cbfd-407c-ab95-74912e57c65d/challenge-of-the-month-april-2015?forum=smallbasicWe had the...Game ChallengeWrite a slot machine game - pull the handle, spin the wheels and win win win.Jibba Jabba submitted this beauty:Here's my Slot Machine solution: JPT105  It uses some .au sound files so these ma


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